Yes, the Microsoft Global Skypeathon is over but what an achievement! In the last couple of weeks Microsoft has been advertising this great event on all its social media platforms. The planned date was the 3rd and 4th December. The goal was that Microsoft’s Global Skype-a-Thon would attempt to travel a million virtual miles during the two day event! It seemed an ambitious goal. However the final result was 3 million miles over the two days! That’s 120 times around the world in 2 days! If you go to the hashtag #skypeathon you’ll see many excited classes commenting on their skyping sessions as part of the Skypeathon.
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft described the event as providing countless learning opportunities.
Here in South Africa Brescia House School in Johannesburg added 16, 000 kilometres to the event!
It seems that classes who participated will be receiving or have already received certificates from Microsoft for participating in this amazing and exciting event. This one below is displayed on a video from Morocco.
Here is a video from Anthony Salcito, Vice-President of Microsoft summing up the event and thanking the hundreds of global participators.
Skype has emerged as one of the most exciting and dynamic classroom innovations in years. With Skype in the Classroom, teachers have a whole new world of possibilities to offer their students. The 2015 Skypeathon may be over, but you can use Skype in the classroom to keep the fun and learning going!